The FLAG


How to Use Our Flag - Our Flag at Half-Staff - Dates

How to Use Our Flag

  • The American flag, when carried in procession with another flag, should be on the marching right - its own right.

  • Another flag or pennant may be flown above the American flag only during church services conducted at sea by US Naval Chaplains for Navy Personnel.

  • When displayed with another flag in the crossed-staff format, the American flag should be on its own right - and in front of the other flag's staff.

  • The US flag should be centered and at the highest point when displayed on its staff with other flags.

  • If other flags are flown on the same staff with the US flag, the American flag should be placed at the peak of the staff.

  • When the American flag is suspended from a staff projecting horizontally from a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff - except when the flag is at half staff.

  • When displayed over a street, the flag should be suspended vertically.  The union will be to the north in an east-west street, and to the east in a north-south street.

  • During the unveiling of monuments or statues, the flag should never be used as a covering.

  • When covering a casket, the flag should be positioned so the union is at the head and over the left shoulder.  It should not be lowered into a grave or allowed to touch the ground.

  • During the raising or lowering of the flag or during its passage in a parade, all present should stand at attention, facing the flag. Those in uniform should salute. Civilian males should remove their hats. All civilian males and females should "salute" by placing their right hand over their heart.

  • During the playing of the National Anthem, all present should stand at attention facing the flag. Those in uniform should salute. Civilian males should remove their hats. All civilian males and females should "salute" by placing their right hand over their heart.   Men should remove their hats.

  • The flag should always have the position of honor on the speaker's platforms, standing to the right of the speaker.  All other flags should be on the speaker's left.

  • Bunting for ceremonial or decorative use should be arranged with the blue on the top, white in the middle, and red on the bottom.

  • When the flag is flown at half staff, it should first be elevated to peak position, held there momentarily and lowered.  At the day's end, the flag should be again elevated to peak position before lowering.

  • The American flag features 13 horizontal stripes - seven of them are red and six white.  In the upper quarter of the flag next to the staff are white five-pointed stars that designate each state.



Our Flag At Half-Staff


The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered the day.

On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory.

In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law.

In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff.

The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress.

As used in the subsection-

(1) the term half-staff means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and the bottom of the staff.
(2) The term "executive or military department" means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5, United States Code; and
(3) the term "Member of Congress" means a Senator, a representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.



Flag shall be flown at half-staff,
from sunrise to sunset on
the following days:

Peace Officers Memorial Day- May 15

Memorial Day (Last Monday of May) At half-staff until noon only

North Korean Invasion of South Korea - June 25

Korean Armistice signed - July 27

World Trade Center Attack - Sept 11

Attack on Pearl Harbor - Dec 7

Other days as proclaimed by the President or Governor.